“For it is by Grace you have been saved-through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God-not by works so that no one can boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9

I was 12 when my grandmother (Dad’s mom) passed away suddenly of a heart attack. It was horrible. She had smoked all of her adult life and in the end, that is what took her life.

I spent quite a bit of time with her as a child, which I am grateful for, but I really never got to know her as much as I thought I did. She seemed to love this Jesus guy a lot because she had pictures of Him and Bible verses all over her house having to do with him. She even had this sign (its at my Dad’s house now) that says “I asked Jesus, ‘How much do you love me?’ And Jesus said, ‘This much.’ Then He stretched out His arms and died.” What the heck did that even mean? I did not know much about this Jesus guy though other than what she and my parents mentioned about him sometimes. He seemed cool but I did not know who He really was.

It wasn’t until about ten year after my grandmother’s death, that I found out about Jesus for myself. He actually was pretty cool, but I found out He was so much more than that. He sacrificed himself to be tortured to death and hung on a cross to die for my sins. WHOA. That sign from my grandmother’s house started to make some sense to me now.

My father gave me a bunch of her stuff years after she passed. A giant, BEAUTIFUL painted portrait of Jesus, her rocking chair, and her old Bible. Within the Bible, it had Ephesians 2:8-9 handwritten on the inside cover. I read it for the first time and it struck me how much my grandmother truly loved Jesus and believed in Him with all of her heart. I know she is in Heaven right now with Him, and this has brought me such peace.

My grandmother has been gone for 12 years now, and she is still impacting me and my walk with Christ. Isn’t it crazy how much of an impact that (we don’t even realize yet) that we will have on future generations of believers AND non-believers?

My Gramma left her unwavering faith here to impact myself and others. What will we leave behind when we depart from this earth?


2 thoughts on “Gramma.

  1. Kristen, I read your piece this morning. Normally I read the Bible first but for some reason a comment your dad made on FB caught my eye and so here I am. My name is Peter Arthur. I have lived in Remsen all my life and knew your Gramma, Grampa, Dad and all your Uncles. We all had a couple things in common. Sports was a big one. I am older then them, not by much 🙂 , but also we went to Bethel Baptist Church as well. As a matter of fact your Gramma had a hair styling shop in Remsen and when our church was in need of a building due to unusual circumstances she allowed us to use that building. Since then our church has grown. We are now in Prospect (your dad will know where all these places are) and still enjoying the grace, mercy and love that our Savior showers upon us. My father and mom knew your Gramma quite well. Anyway, thanks for sharing your faith and your memories. If you are ever up in the north country come to Bethel Baptist Church and see us. Your gramma was a big part of what is happening today. Have a great day! Peter M Arthur

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    • Hi Peter! Oh my goodness, your comment has brought tears to my eyes. She was an incredible person and people like you teach me everyday more about her than I ever knew before. I am truly blessed to be her granddaughter and hope to have a heart like hers someday. Also, thank you so much for the invite! If I’m ever up that way I will definitely check out your church, it sounds wonderful. God bless!!


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